Tommy Hancock: Godfather of West Texas music

Godfather of West Texas Music Tommy Hancock

With the stream of talent that continues to call Texas home, the artist lineup hosts names such as Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Bob Willis, Mac Davis, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock as just the beginning of the magnitude of legends. Giving Austin a start, however, are the musical geniuses of time past, such as Tommy X Hancock, who is known as the Godfather of West Texas music.

Tommy Hancock was raised in Lubbock. His grandmother repeatedly asked him to take up the violin, which he eventually did. Trained classically, he had no interest in music. When Hancock was sixteen years old, he joined the armed services which involved going overseas to lend a hand as a paratrooper and extend his abilities further as a member of the military police. After his service to Uncle Sam was up, he went back to Lubbock where he resolved to create a swing band.

The Roadside Playboys allowed him to scratch together a living in honky tonks around Texas. He soon became an idol in the region. During these times, he met up with a woman named Charlene, who would become his wife.

Hancock and Charlene formed a musical family, traveling around on an old school bus. They settled down after ten years on the road, making Austin their home. Known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, Austin was the perfect setting for the family. Charlene and Tommy Hancock were inducted into the hall of fame in 2000. Even though he is a retired musician now, Tommy enjoys dancing. Performing with two of his eight children, Conni and Traci, they created a popular dance band known as the Texana Dames. They perform regularly in Austin and across the state of Texas.

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